Israel Seizes Women’s Flotilla To Gaza + Ann Wright, Mairead Maguire, and Others Kidnapped by Israel

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Col. Ann Wright was among 13 female activists that were part of the Women’s Boat to Gaza.

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As Obama Admin Preps “Enduring Presence” in Afghanistan, Peace Activists Build Ties to War Victims

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DemocracyNow.org – While the U.S. military is preparing to extend what is already the nation’s longest war, new ties are emerging between the peace movement here and in Afghanistan. The group “Afghan Peace Volunteers” recently invited international peace activists to help launch a campaign called “2 Million Friends for Peace in Afghanistan,” a nod to the number of Afghans killed in the last four decades of war and occupation. Continue reading

From Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate RE: Gaza-Palestine, Vanunu and More

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26 May, 2010

TRIBUTE TO THE PEOPLE OF GAZA

By Mairead Maguire –  Nobel Peace Laureate

I never cease to be amazed at the power of the human spirit to survive. During my last visit to Gaza in October 2008 I was amazed and deeply moved by the power of the people I witnessed. In a triumph of hope over adversity and tremendous suffering, love still abides.

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Our IDF By Gideon Levy + It’s Been a Bad Week for Israel

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By Gideon Levy
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July 6, 2009

Combat is the best, my brother, as the famous bumper sticker reads. It’s a good thing we have Shayetet 13. Operating at the crack of dawn – or was it before nightfall? – the daring naval commandos fearlessly took control of a rusty, rickety, unarmed boat bobbing in the middle of the sea. That’s exactly why we have a naval commando force – to take control of ships offering humanitarian aid. Behold, the guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. The military correspondents reported on the incident with an amazement that only they can muster. But even they could not provide a fig leaf for the operation: The Israel Defense Forces has once again used its power to overcome the weak; the navy has once again acted like pirates. The Arion was abducted in the framework of protecting Israel’s security for all eternity, blah, blah, blah.

Soldiers, journalists and news consumers automatically refrain from asking questions. The navy captured another ship carrying symbolic aid, as if its passengers were Somali pirates. These were people of conscience from various countries carrying toys and medicine.

This was not the navy’s first daring operation of this kind, nor will it be the last. When there are no hostile aid ships on the horizon, the navy takes control of wretched Gazan boats, using water hoses or firing at its passengers – poor fishermen who only want to make a living at sea. This is the main activity unfolding off Gaza’s shores. A navy outfitted with the best arsenal in the world is hunting surfboards. One of the best-armed forces in the world is chasing children, examining old people’s documents and entering bedrooms to make arrests.

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via Our IDF – Haaretz – Israel News

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It’s Been a Bad Week for Israel

by Michael Jansen
Written by Free Gaza Team
Freegaza
Monday, 06 July 2009 13:54

From Gulf Today, Michael Jansen:

This past week has been a bad one for Israel. Its bad behaviour was manifested in the seizure of a ferry boat carrying medical supplies and activists to Gaza, the impounding of the vessel and humanitarian cargo, and the imprisonment of crew and passengers. What is more, Israel’s vio- lations of human rights and international law were documented in detail in important studies issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. The vessel, the Spirit of Humanity, a Greek-registered island ferry with 21 crew and peace activists and three tonnes of medical supplies on board, set sail from the Cypriot port of Larnaca on Monday morning, ex- pecting to reach Gaza’s fishing port on Tuesday afternoon.

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Report from the Kidnapped Passengers in Ramle Prison + McKinney Relocated from Israeli Prison

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Gaza activist talks to Al Jazeera from Israeli jail – 4 Jul 09

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July 04, 2009

Fourteen people remain in custody after an aid ship bound for Gaza was seized by the Israeli navy on Tuesday. Among them are a nobel peace prize winner, and two Al Jazeera journalists. The Free Gaza movement sent the ship loaded with humanitarian supplies from Cyprus, in defiance of Israel’s crippling 2-year blockade.

Mairead Maguire, a peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke to us from inside Tel Aviv’s Ramla Givon high security prison.

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Report from the Kidnapped Passengers in Ramle Prison, July 4, 2009

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Sunday, 05 July 2009 11:21

On Monday, June 30, 21 passengers going to challenge the blockade of Gaza on board the Spirit of Humanity were seized by the Israeli Navy and taken to Israel against their will. All their equipment was taken and some of were roughed up. All were thrown into prison to await Israel’s decision on how and when they would be deported.

The majority of the group ended up in Ramle Prison. Those of us who are Free Gaza organizers had been hearing some news from them, statements, interviews and letters since they arrived. From the first night, the Free Gaza 21 have been busy trying to get news out of the prison about the illegality of Israel’s actions in relation to themselves and the other inmates inside Ramle Prison who have no voice.

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Cynthia McKinney and 3 of the Gaza 21 July 4 prison call

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July 04, 2009

Cynthia McKinney and 3 of the Gaza 21 July 4 call from prison including Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire of Ireland. Several people call to show support after hearing the message.

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Mairead Maguire Speaks from Israeli Jail Cell After Arrest

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7/2/09

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Speaks from Israeli Jail Cell After Arrest on Boat Delivering Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

Irish Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire speaks to us from her jail cell in Israel. She was taken into custody along with twenty others, including former US Congress member Cynthia McKinney, when the Israeli military boarded their ship in international waters as it tried to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. [includes rush transcript]

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Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Speaks from Israeli Jail After Arrest. Democracy Now 7/2/09

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July 02, 2009

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